HBO is getting back into big-budget series drama this year. We already saw the launch of the mega-budget “The Pacific” limited series last week, now the network has also released new trailers for its two big new dramatic series – “Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme”.
Emmy-award winning “The Sopranos” writer and producer Terence Winter is serving as showrunner while Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg are also executive producing (Scorsese directed the pilot). Set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, the twelve-episode first season stars the likes of Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham and Kelly MacDonald. It premieres this Fall.
“The Wire” creator David Simon and two of his writer/producers from that show are behind this drama set three months after Hurricane Katrina and follows various residents of New Orleans trying to rebuild their lives. Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Rob Brown star. It kicks off April 11th.
The network has also announced that “True Blood” will kick off its twelve-episode third season starting on Sunday, June 13th. With first airing, video on demand, repeat telecast and DVR numbers included, “True Blood” drew more than 12 million viewers per episode last season which makes it the premium cable network’s most watched series since “The Sopranos”.